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DUI Task Force announced for Hwy 85 and Hwy 23 in McKenzie County

DUI Task Force announced for Hwy 85 and Hwy 23 in McKenzie County

For Immediate Release: Sep 01 2021
Watford City – The Watford City Police Department, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office and North Dakota Highway Patrol have partnered to create a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Task Force to focus on Highway 85 and Highway 23 in McKenzie County. The Task Force will take place on Friday, September 3 in an effort to eliminate impaired drivers from the roadway.

“You can help reach the Vision Zero goal of zero motor vehicle fatalities and serious injuries in North Dakota if you always drive sober or find a sober ride,” said Chief Deputy Shannon Wellen, McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office. “The DUI Task Force wants to remind all drivers that alcohol and drug-related crashes and fatalities are 100% preventable.”

Approximately 1 in 7 adult arrests in North Dakota in 2020 were for DUI. Additionally, alcohol was a factor in about 41% of fatal crashes. Many lives would be saved each year if every driver consistently made the choice to drive sober or designate a sober driver.

This DUI Task Force is part of the Vision Zero strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.